Live in a grazing dairy farming in Hokkaido. Your choice from Osaka and now

High school students in Osaka go to study agriculture in Hokkaido

From hobbies to cooking to raising dairy cows

Satoshi Shiozaki, who runs a Shiozaki farm in Hokkaido, arrives at Obihiro Livestock University from Osaka Prefectural Agricultural High School and meets Rie from Osaka at the same university. It might seem like a bold leap for Satoshi, a so-called “town kid”, to become a dairy farmer, but he says he has his own duties. me. “I’ve been interested in cooking since I was a junior high student, but I wanted to be a public high school. So I was looking for a culinary school.” After entering Agricultural High School, I chose the Department of Livestock Production, where I can learn how to prepare dairy and meat products. Through the experience of raising cows, pigs, chickens, you will feel that the cow is the best for you. In that case, Satoshi, who thought Hokkaido was the best place to go to school, went to Obihiro Animal College.

After working at Obihiro University of Animal Science, he trained in the goal of dairy farmers

Satoshi and Rie are both from Osaka, but I met them on the university campus. Rie went to the College of Livestock Production, feeling that “I really like Osaka, but I want to live a life that suits me more slowly.” Satoshi said, “When I was in high school, I worked part-time in the kitchen of a live fish pub, and even as a college student I wondered if the cooking was still delicious. (laughs). That changed after reading a book. ” The book that I came across in my third year in college was “Realizing a scale that makes the best use of my own dairy farming speed.” The author is Moriyuki Mitomo, a dairy farmer in Nakatetsu Town. It exposes a farm management perspective and practice that is different from an extensive roadmap. In fact, Satoshi, who had experience raising cows in high school and college, had ambiguous doubts about how to keep cows connected and how to feed them with calorie-rich food for hyperplasia. amount of milk. Is this approach consistent with the nature of the cow? Besides, just as a dairy farm, working around the clock and aiming to expand … The two visited Mitomo Farm and said, “I want to visit once!” Has been allowed to graduate training after going several times.

Land hunting and financing-farming

In 2002, after graduating from college, the two planned to marry lived in Mitomo Ranch’s dormitory and started training for two years. As he worked enthusiastically, Mitomo gave them a wholehearted instruction on farm work, such as giving them farmwork. The grazing milk cheese factory made by Mitomo’s wife is also famous, but during training he was taught strictly to focus on cow-raising. “Using the ability of the cows, I was able to live a life like a human, demanding physical strength but also time and money,” Satoshi recalls. I realized that and decided to become a farmer. if possible grazing “. I will.
In order to realize farming, I was looking for a destination in the training process. This is a suitable size for grazing, supposedly requires 1 hectare or more per cow, and if possible, I would like to take over from an active farmer. In the fall of my second year of training, I visited Mifuka-cho, a group of suitable dairy farmers that I found in the Agricultural Newspaper. There was no match, but when I heard that a dairy farmer was also grazing in town thinking of retiring, Satoshi visited the farmer with his feet. “I was very surprised because I suddenly banged on the door without knowing the contact information (laughs), but after visiting and talking twice, the story started to progress.” In 2004, they got married and moved to Mifuka Town. In principle, the town’s training system is two years or more. In that respect, the Shiozaki grandparents, who received direct training in their successor, are said to have had a smooth start. “When my eldest daughter was born the following year, I was taken care of by the family of a successor who saw the baby” (Mr. Satoshi).

There are several systems available for financial planning. In Satoshi’s case, he secured an agricultural support fund (currently a next-generation agricultural human resource investment project. ) as a start-up fund. The farm and equipment are acquired for 50% of the assessed value for each rental business (public company farm rental business, rental business improving the livestock environment) and the price Equivalent balance paid after 5 years and 12 years from the end of the lease term is the agricultural management base. I borrowed it with the booster fund (Super L fund). In addition, operating expenses such as food costs and costs for old machinery and non-leased cows are also borrowed through the Agricultural Support Fund (currently an enterprise investing in agricultural human resources. new generation industry ). We set the repayment plan for 20 years, but the business conditions are good and we have completed the repayment in 10 years. “Since we use multiple systems, the rebate amounts vary from year to year. We ship raw fresh milk to the union for sales and the feed is nearly self-sufficient. We maintain about 40 cows. milk.” (Mr. Satoshi)

The life and work of a dairy farmer

A dairy farmer’s day

As of 2019, Shiozaki Farm has a management area of ​​100 hectares (including 50 hectares of grazing land), and about 50 cows (including 35 milking cows), including New Zealand’s Holstein crossbreeds. . We graze day and night in summer and dry grass in a hut in winter. “The beauty of grazing is that if you do your best, you can be a cowherd,” both agreed. The standard for a barn job is two hours for two people and three and a half hours for one person.

The day starts around 5 a.m. During the grazing season, the cow wakes up instead of when it comes back to the hut, immediately enters the barn. When I look at it, as soon as the cow enters the barn, I bring a baby bed, and the work of the barn begins when the cow is placed there. “It’s common among dairy farmers who are raising babies,” Satoshi said. Some people create a childcare room in the warehouse. When the cow is taken to the grazing ground, it comes home and for a while. 8 o’clock in the morning (I eat before going to school), finished work at work, housework, one day I worked as carpentry, meeting people. At noon 12h30, go to work or take an afternoon break, depending on how tired, by about 3pm there will be a pair to pick them up in the order of elementary and junior high school students. At night, milk starts from 16:00, this is the busiest time of the day. During the handover, we will pick up and return club activities and lessons to the three older kids, finish the job from 7pm to 9:30 pm and surround the dining table with the kids back home. “Rie prioritizes picking up and dropping off passengers, meanwhile, she works in the barn, the tractor and prepares meals. I harvest the grass from morning to night on the barn or tractor, and go home when I go to bed. However, I still have time between tasks during the day and even when I’m busy, I try to take a few days off a month. “(Mr. Satoshi)

Finesse as a couple, parenting and entertainment

Rie feels about the child rearing environment of the four children. “Locally, elementary and junior high schools are multiple classes (classes that combine two or more classes into one) and children grow up with their childhood friends. Because the middle schools have a network of classes. subject teachers have a large number of teachers to teach students Many, or rather, can be generous Primary students also have a system where middle school teachers teach special classes, it’s a catalyst for children’s interest. ”Children learn their favorite lessons like ballet, baseball and piano, and adults can go to Asahikawa or Sapporo to pick them up. Satoshi’s usual joy is making and making bread. Rie is also learning interesting things in life from the high-end dairy women. “For example, I know about Tasha Tudor

from a senior dairy farmer. Sometimes I go to environmental lessons too. “

* A picture book writer and gardener in the New England region of the United States. Known for its self-sufficient lifestyle influenced by the pioneering era.

To go home and travel, one couple takes care of the answering machine and the cow, and the other goes out with an older child. Rie is off school during summer break, Satoshi rides a bicycle with three kids, during winter break, parents and kids go on a ski vacation from noon. Several years ago, with the help of a dairy maid and an acquaintance with milk, five parents and children traveled to Switzerland for a week. The couple are discussing how to continue enjoying their lives as their children grow up.

I want to support those who choose the “so called grazing lifestyle”.